Solivagant, on your trip are you doing a flight over Chiribiquete?
No - doesn't meet my "Return on Cost/Time/Effort" criteria!
We HAVE flown over Angel Falls and the Tepuis of the Gran Sabana - now that WAS worth doing!!!
Re info garnered so far about other Inscribed and T List sites in Colombia. If anyone "knows different" then please tell us!!
a. I have been told that the Archaeological Ruins in the Tayrona NP - "Pueblito
" are "Currently closed to tourists" so have dropped Tayrona. It was a "marginal" destination for us anyway and, without its "archaeological" aspects it only seems to have its beaches left - and we hate beaches!! It would also have been a 2nd best to Ciudad Perdida anyway - but again I wasn't prepared to put the time, money and effort into a trek to see that. We may yet go into another part of the "Tayrona and Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta National Parks and their Archaeological Sites"
for bird watching - not yet decided.
b. I can't discover anything worth going out of one's way for re the "Canal del Dique
" - one crosses it anyway on the road from Cartagena to Mompox. Although its "history" goes back to the mid 17th C - its current manifestations all seem to be of a 20th C nature - as well as current improvements. Which leaves only its "connection" to Gabriel Garcia Marquez and its "role" in "Love in the Time of Cholera" to commend it!
c. I have been "warned off" a visit to "Cultural Landscape of the Vernacular Stilt Housing of Cienaga Grande de Santa Marta and of Medio Atrato
" at Bocas de Aracataca for reasons of "personal safety" (i.e robbery). Of course all such warnings have to be rationally assessed and I have never been a great one to take them at face value -which possibly explains why we have been mugged twice across our travelling career (Gambia and PNG!!). Will decide at the time as should be passing near when seeing the "Zona Bananera" - "United Fruit Company Infrastructure
". This looks like anther T WHS with very little to see but it gets passed through anyway on road from Mompox to Sta Marta so might as well take it in otherwise would have concluded that we have seen enough Banana plantations in Costa Rica
- also created by the UFC .
d. The rather uninspiringly named "South of Ricaurte Province
" seems to contain aspects well worth seeing including the town of Villa de Leyva - for which the T WHS was previously named. A "problem" with any Colombia route is how best to cover both the area south of Bogota AND the Coast/lowlands for Cartagena and Mompox which are a long way North of Bogota. One possibility is to fly to Cartagena. But does one then also fly back - e.g from Santa Marta (My days of overnight buses are long past!!!). There does seem to be good reason to do the journey south back to Bogota through Bucamaranga as this gives the chance to see the "South of Ricuarte Province" as above and also the "Cultural Landscape of the Lower Basin of the Chicamocha River
" and the "Cultural Landscape of Salt Towns
" en route without significant deviation. I know some Forum members consider chasing T List site to be a "Fools errand" and none of these have so far been reviewed by any Forum members who have visited Colombia but, from what I have read about these 3 areas they all seem worth trying to see whether or not they ever get inscribed and even though they may not be the most "famous" of Colombia's offerings